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FRL V: ORATORY, PART 3

F 7 Asc. in Cic. Mil., arg. (pp.35 KS = 40.21–41.1 C.)

dimisso circa horam decimam iudicio T. Munatius pro contione populum adhortatus est ut postero die frequens adesset et elabi Milonem non paterentur, iudiciumque et dolorem suum ostenderet euntibus ad tabellam ferendam. postero die, qui fuit iudicii summus a.d. VII1 Idus Aprilis, clausae fuerunt tota urbe tabernae ...

VII Clark: III vel II codd.: VI Manutius

151 C. FURNIUS

C. Furnius (tr. pl. 50 BC; RE Furnius 3) followed C. Iulius Caesar (121) in the civil war. After Caesar’s assassination in 44 BC, he was a legate of L. Munatius Plancus (149) in Gaul. He then fought for M. Antonius (159) against Octavian; in 36–35 BC he administered the province of Asia for Antony. After Antony’s defeat, Furnius’ son (cos. 17 BC) obtained pardon for his father from Octavian (Sen. Ben.

T 1 Cic. Fam. 10.26.2 [ad Furnium]

o mi Furni, quam tu tuam causam non nosti, qui alienas tam facile discas!

T 2 Plut. Ant. 58.11

= F 5.

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151 C. FURNIUS

F 7 Asconius on Cicero, Pro Milone

After the court was adjourned around the tenth hour, T. Munatius urged the People in front of a public meeting that they should attend in large numbers on the following day and not permit Milo [T. Annius Milo (138)] to escape, and that they should demonstrate their own judgment and distress to those about to cast their vote. On the following day, which was the last of the trial, the seventh day before the Ides of April [April 7, 52 BC], the shops were closed throughout the city ...

151 C. FURNIUS

2.25.1), and Octavian endowed him with the rank of an ex-consul in 29 BC, although he had not been able to serve as a consul (Cass. Dio 52.42.4).

Ancient authorities mention Furnius as a great orator (T 2, 3). Two of Cicero’s letters are addressed to him (Cic. Fam. 10.25, 10.26). Furnius was active as a pleader (T 1); a speech given at a trial in the Forum is mentioned (F 5).

T 1 Cicero, Letters to Friends [to Furnius]

My dear Furnius, how little you know about your own case, you who so easily learn other people’s!

T 2 Plutarch, Life of Antony

= F 5.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019